Fiji presents the High level statement in Cancun, Mexico
9 December, Cancun Mexico - Fiji’s ambassador to Brussels and the head of Fiji’s delegation to United Nations climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, Peceli Vocea has delivered the country’s statement to the gathering – calling on world leaders to agree to a legally binding agreement.
Ambassador Vocea says Fiji wants an effective international cooperation mechanism that provides finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as capacity building and technology transfer.
He says the climate change reality was indeed grim for small island developing states – and called on the ‘movers and shakers’ of international politics to take heed of the island’s concerns.
“Madam President, Small Island Developing States like Fiji are paying a high price for the cumulative historical actions of others. Time is almost up for small island states like Fiji. We have been negotiating for too long with too little progress. We are the most vulnerable, and are at the front line.”
Ambassador Vocea says while Fiji was doing all it could to arrest and possibly reverse the negative effects of climate change – this would not be adequate without the support of development partners and the international community.